One of the top questions I get asked: “Fran, how do you run a business AND a family?” Usually followed by a common comment: “I mean, you’ve taken on some big roles here.”
So, I’ve intended for quite some time to write a blog about how I do this whole Mompreneur thing, and I suppose this is blog entry #1.
On the whole, I can handle the day-to-day operations of running and growing a business and I consider myself somewhat of a darn good mom and wife. There are those days that are nothing more than an unresolvable puzzle. We all have those, not just those of us behind the helm of a baby food company. But, onward to the solvable stuff.
Today you’ve caught me in a reflective moment of recovery and excitement: I spent last week chatting with buyers from around the country and next week I’ll be on the production floor, producing our largest lot of baby food yet! How best to use my down time this weekend? Naturally, writing a first blog entry.
On a very basic level, there are four tools I keep in my survival kit; these are what I’d like to showcase today.
#1 – Good food
Being gluten-free and having somewhat of a renegade digestive system, I literally could not function without good food. This is the number one rule I follow when travelling, too. Fresh greens, lightly cooked whole foods, lean proteins.
#2 – Exercise
This has recently resurfaced in my life, and it’s been since high school since I’ve had a regular routine! I owe this to no one but my husband; with his regimens, I’m way too embarrassed to confess to him when I don’t go for a run around the lake, or a bike ride, or even a walk around downtown between conference calls. Again, while travelling, I have to go for a morning exertion of energy or I get lazy and cranky. (AND I’m proud to say that I’m now back to the same weight as high school. Ooh, did I really have to say that? Yes, I’ve been working hard on this and need to brag a little.)
#3 – Sleep
I do not reach my goals and I get just get plain weird without proper sleep. Deep and full sleep is the first thing to go when I fall under stress, and it is one viscous cycle. If I lose one good night of sleep, I know that consistently three more sleepless nights are to follow. I also know that it does not make sense for me to stay at the office during those days. It pays for me to go home, rest, and jump back in the saddle when I can wrangle that horse.
#4 – Pajamas
Yes, pajamas are absolutely integral. I have no qualms with admitting that I sometimes spend upwards of 8 hours a weekend day (during daylight hours) in my pajamas. I can relax, do some home chores, cook a damn good meal and evidently, write a first blog post in them. I once spent $180 on a super-soft organic cotton pair of pajamas and have never looked back. Invest in a good pair; your entire being will benefit from it, trust me.
Onward & Upward,